Summertime is Popsicle time for kids. Thanks to the great recipes from People’s Pops they can be a lot healthier than frozen blue Kool-Aid in a pouch. People’s Pops Shoppes in Brooklyn concocts delicious all-natural handmade treats that are quite the rage all around New York City. They use fresh locally sourced fruits and herbs in their fat-free frozen pops. Now you can have one without a trip to the Big Apple with their new popsicle recipe book.
The strawberry with Balsamic vinegar sounds divine, but we went with the blackberry and yogurt version. Wild blackberries are abundant in many areas early to mid-summer. They grow along the edges of forests and in the fields. Going blackberry picking is a fun family event. Put on some long sleeves and long pants, a hat and sun block on all the noses and head out.
Yeah, it’s hot but so worth it! Not only will your popsicles be fat-free they will practically be free in cost. Plain yogurt, sugar, water and a little honey and lemon juice will complete the ingredients for these fresh blackberry Popsicles. The kids will love having all their hard work picking blackberries rewarded with these tasty and nutritious pops.
Equipment required for making healthy popsicles
- food processor or blender
- a good strainer (for removing berries from fruit)
- a funnel (for pouring liquid into the molds)
- popsicle molds
Blackberries and Nutrition
Blackberries are very high in the following nutrients:
- polyphenol antioxidants
- vitamin C
- vitamin K
- folic acid
- dietary fiber
- manganese, an essential mineral
Blackberry Yogurt Popsicles Recipe
- About 3 and 1/2 cups blackberries, wild or from a produce market
- 2/3 cup cane sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup yogurt, plain, non-fat
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
How To Make Blackberry Yogurt Popsicles
- Use the sugar and water to make simple syrup. Add sugar to water in sauce pan and bring to a simmer.
- Stir until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool
- Puree the blackberries 1/3 at a time in a food processor or blender. Strain out seeds with strainer.
- Return pureed blackberries to blender or food processor. Blend in the yogurt and simple sugar.
- Add the lemon juice and honey. Blend well.
- Funnel the mixture into Popsicle molds
- Freeze for 4-5 hours in freezer. Remove and unmold. Enjoy!
Other Fruits To Use In This Recipe
Fresh peaches and nectarines in season can be used as the fruit in this same recipe. Just puree them and skip the step for straining the seeds. Raspberries and strawberries should make tasty pops as well. Like blackberries, the seeds will need to be strained out. If using blueberries use a little less of the simple syrup. Blueberries are naturally sweeter than most fruits.
Blackberry Facts For Kids
- Blackberries are red before they are ripe.
- Blackberries ripen in stages all through the Summer.
- Some species grow as tall as an adult.
- Other species grow along the ground.
- Some people call them dew berries.
- Each tiny berry in the cluster has its own seed.
- Native Americans ate blackberries for thousands of years.
- Deer love to eat the leaves on the blackberry bush.
- Oregon, USA is the world leader in producing blackberries.
- Blackberry bushes have lots of thorns to protect the fruit from some animals.